Tales of Robin Hood are good enough for fools
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-10. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-07.
The proverb Tales of Robin Hood are good enough for fools (with variants such as "good for", "among fools" etc.) is among the most often cited adages relating to the outlaw through the ages. As John S. Farmer noted in explaining this proverb, "the story of Robin Hood ultimately grew so misty and traditional that the name became a generic byword for the marvellous that was not believable."
Men say, he may ill runne that cannot goe,
And your gaine without your stocke runneth even so.
For what is a workman without his tooles?
Tales of Robin Hood are good for fooles.
- Heywood, John; Farmer, John S, ed. A Dialogue of the Effectual Proverbs in the English Tongue concerning Marriage (London, 1906), p. 191.